Title:
Method of forming a capacitor plate and a capacitor incorporating same
United States Patent 5955758


Abstract:
A method of forming a capacitor includes, a) providing a node to which electrical connection to a capacitor is to be made; b) providing an electrically conductive first layer over the node; c) providing an electrically insulative barrier second layer over the first conductive layer; d) providing a third layer over the electrically insulative barrier layer, the third layer comprising a material which is either electrically conductive and resistant to oxidation, or forms an electrically conductive material upon oxidation; e) providing an insulating inorganic metal oxide dielectric layer over the electrically conductive third layer; f) providing an electrically conductive fourth layer over the insulating inorganic metal oxide dielectric layer; and g) providing an electrically conductive interconnect to extend over the second insulative layer and electrically interconnect the first and third conductive layers. A capacitor construction having such a dielectric layer in combination with the barrier layer and electrical interconnect of a first capacitor plate is disclosed.



Inventors:
Sandhu, Gurtej S. (Boise, ID)
Schuele, Paul (Boise, ID)
Kinney, Wayne (Boise, ID)
Application Number:
08/738789
Publication Date:
09/21/1999
Filing Date:
10/29/1996
Assignee:
Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
257/309, 257/E21.008, 257/E21.647, 257/E21.648, 257/E21.664, 438/253, 438/396
International Classes:
H01L21/02; H01L21/8242; H01L21/8246; (IPC1-7): H01L27/108
Field of Search:
257/68, 257/71, 257/296, 257/304, 257/310, 257/306, 257/307, 257/308, 257/309, 438/253, 438/254, 438/396, 438/397
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US Patent References:
5561307Ferroelectric integrated circuit1996-10-01Milhara et al.257/310
5486713Semiconductor device having a capacitor1996-01-23Koyama257/310
5449934Semiconductor memory device and process1995-09-12Shono et al.257/295
5418388Semiconductor device having a capacitor with an adhesion layer1995-05-23Okudaira et al.257/295
5371700Semiconductor memory device with covered sidewall spacers1994-12-06Hamada365/149



Other References:
Onishi, Shigeo et al., "A Half-Micron Ferroelectric Memory Cell Technology with Stacked Capacitor Structure", IEEE, 1994, pp. 843-846.
Lesaicherre, P-Y et al., "A Gbit-Scale DRAM Stacked Capacitor Technology With ECR MOCVD SrTiO.sub.3 and RIE Patterned RuO.sub.2 /TiN Storage Node", IEEE, 1994, pp. 831-834.
Eimori, T. et al., "A Newly Designed Planar Stacked Capacitor Cell With High Dielectric Constant Film for 256Mbit DRAM", IEEE, 1993, pp. 631-634.
Primary Examiner:
Hardy, David B.
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Wells, St. John, Roberts, Gregory & Matkin, P.S.
Parent Case Data:
RELATED PATENT DATA

The present application is a divisional application of application Ser. No. 08/442,837 and which was filed on May 17, 1995, U.S. Pat. No. 5,654,222.

Claims:
We claim:

1. A capacitor comprising;

a first capacitor plate;

a second capacitor plate;

an insulating inorganic metal oxide dielectric layer interposed between the first and second capacitor plates;

the first capacitor plate comprising a composite construction of at least three layers; the three layers comprising a first electrically conductive layer, a second electrically insulative layer adjacent the first layer, and a third electrically conductive layer adjacent the second layer and in electrical communication with the dielectric layer, the second insulative layer being sandwiched between the first and third conductive layers; and

an electrically conductive interconnect extending over the second insulative layer and electrically interconnecting the first and second conductive layers of the first capacitor plate.



2. The capacitor of claim 1 wherein the second electrically insulative layer is selected from the group consisting of Al2 O3, TiO2, Si3 N4, SiO2 and AlN, or mixtures thereof.

3. The capacitor of claim 1 wherein the insulating inorganic metal oxide dielectric layer comprises a ferroelectric material.

4. The capacitor of claim 1 wherein the insulating inorganic metal oxide dielectric layer comprises a material selected from the group consisting of titanates, zirconates, niobates, tantalates and nitrates, or mixtures thereof.

5. The capacitor of claim 1 wherein the second electrically insulative layer is selected from the group consisting of Al2 O3, TiO2, Si3 N4, SiO2 and AlN, or mixtures thereof, and the insulating inorganic metal oxide dielectric layer comprises a ferroelectric material.

6. The capacitor of claim 1 wherein the first layer comprises conductively doped polysilicon.

7. The capacitor of claim 1 wherein the third layer comprises elemental platinum.

8. The capacitor of claim 1 wherein the third layer comprises RuO2.

9. The capacitor of claim 1 wherein the first layer comprises conductively doped polysilicon, and the third layer comprises elemental platinum.

10. The capacitor of claim 1 wherein the first layer comprises conductively doped polysilicon, and the third layer comprises RuO2.

11. The capacitor of claim 1 wherein the second electrically insulative layer is selected from the group consisting of Al2 O3, TiO2, Si3 N4, SiO2 and AlN, or mixtures thereof; the first layer comprises conductively doped polysilicon, and the third layer comprises elemental platinum.

12. The capacitor of claim 1 wherein the second electrically insulative layer is selected from the group consisting of Al2 O3, TiO2, Si3 N4, SiO2 and AlN, or mixtures thereof; the first layer comprises conductively doped polysilicon, and the third layer comprises RuO2.

13. The capacitor of claim 1 wherein the electrically conductive interconnect comprises TiN.

14. The capacitor of claim 1 wherein the first capacitor plate first, second, and third layers have respective outermost peripheral sidewalls; at least one portion of the second layer sidewalls being received within peripheral confines of both the first and third layer sidewalls; the electrical interconnecting link being at least partially received within peripheral confines of the first and third layer sidewalls over the second layer portion.

15. The capacitor of claim 1 wherein the first capacitor plate first, second, and third layers have respective outermost peripheral sidewalls; the entirety of the second layer sidewalls being received within peripheral confines of both the first and third layer sidewalls, the electrical interconnecting link being entirely received within peripheral confines of the first and third layer sidewalls.

16. The capacitor of claim 1 wherein the second electrically insulative layer comprises a composite of at least two discrete electrically insulative layers of different material.

17. A capacitor plate comprising:

an electrically conductive first layer over a node;

an electrically insulative second layer over the first conductive layer;

an electrically conductive third layer over the second insulative layer; and

an electrically conductive interconnect extending over the second insulative layer and electrically interconnecting the first and third conductive layers.



18. A capacitor plate as claimed in claim 17, wherein the electrically conductive first layer comprises a material which is reactable to form an electrically insulating material, and the second layer restricts reaction of the first electrically conductive layer to an insulating material.

19. A capacitor plate as claimed in claim 17, wherein the second layer forms a diffusion barrier to out-diffusion of components of the electrically conductive first layer to the electrically conductive third layer.

20. A capacitor plate as claimed in claim 17, wherein the first layer comprises:

a material which is reactable to form an electrically insulating material; and

the second layer comprises a composite of substantially discrete fifth and sixth electrically insulative layers, one of the fifth and sixth layers restricting reaction of the electrically conductive first layer to an insulating material, and the other of the fifth and sixth layers forming a diffusion barrier to out-diffusion of components of the first electrically conductive layer to the electrically conductive third layer.



21. A capacitor plate as claimed in claim 17, wherein the electrically insulative second layer is selected from the group consisting of Al2 O3, TiO2, Si3 N4, SiO2, and AlN, or mixtures thereof.

22. A capacitor plate as claimed in claim 17, wherein the electrically conductive third layer comprises elemental platinum.

23. A capacitor plate as claimed in claim 17, wherein the electrically conductive first layer comprises polysilicon, and the electrically conductive third layer comprises elemental platinum.

24. A capacitor as claimed in claim 17, wherein the electrically conductive third layer comprises RuO2.

25. A capacitor plate as claimed in claim 17 wherein the electrically insulative second layer is selected from the group consisting of Al2 O3, TiO2, Si3 N4 and AlN or mixtures thereof; the first layer comprises conductively doped polysilicon; and the third layer comprises elemental platinum.

26. A capacitor plate as claimed in claim 17, wherein the electrically insulative second layer is selected from the group consisting of Al2 O3, TiO2, Si3 N4 and AlN or mixtures thereof; the first layer comprises conductively doped polysilicon; and the third electrically conductive layer comprises RuO2.

27. A capacitor plate as claimed in claim 17, wherein the electrically conductive interconnect comprises TiN.

28. A capacitor comprising:

a node on a substrate;

an electrically conductive first layer over the node, the first layer comprising a material which is reactable to form an electrically insulating material;

an electrically insulative second layer over the first electrically conductive layer, the second layer comprising a composite of substantially discrete layers of electrically insulative material, one of the discrete material layers restricting reaction of the first electrically conductive layer to an insulating material, and another of the discrete layers forming a diffusion barrier to out-diffusion of components of the first electrically conductive layer;

an electrically conductive third layer over the electrically insulative second layer;

an electrically insulative inorganic metal oxide capacitor dielectric layer over the electrically conductive third layer, the insulating inorganic metal oxide capacitor dielectric layer comprising a ferroelectric material selected form the group consisting of titanates, zirconates, niobates, tantalates, and nitrates, or mixtures thereof;

an electrically conductive fourth layer over the insulating inorganic metal oxide capacitor dielectric layer; and

an electrically conductive interconnect extending over the second insulative layer and electrically interconnecting the first and third conductive layers.



29. A capacitor as claimed in claim 28, wherein the electrically conductive interconnect comprises TiN.

30. A capacitor as claimed in claim 28, wherein the electrically insulative second layer is selected from the group consisting of Al2 O3, TiO2, Si3 N4, SiO2, and AlN, or mixtures thereof.

31. A capacitor as claimed in claim 28, wherein the electrically conductive third layer comprises elemental platinum.

32. A capacitor as claimed in claim 28, wherein the electrically conductive third layer comprises RuO2.

33. A capacitor as claimed in claim 28, wherein the insulating inorganic metal oxide dielectric layer comprises a ferroelectric material.

34. A capacitor as claimed in claim 28, wherein the first second and third layers comprise a capacitor plate, and wherein the first, second and third layers have respective outermost peripheral sidewalls, at least one portion of the second layer sidewalls being received within the peripheral confines of both the first and third layer sidewalls; the electrically conductive interconnect being at least partially received within the peripheral confines of the first and third layer sidewalls over the second layer.

35. A capacitor as claimed in claim 28, wherein the first, second and third layers comprise a capacitor plate, and wherein the first, second and third layers have respective outermost peripheral sidewalls, the entirety of the second layer sidewalls being received within the peripheral confines of both the first and third layer sidewalls, the electrical interconnect being entirely received within the peripheral confines of the first and third layer sidewalls.

36. A capacitor comprising:

a node on a substrate;

a first conductively doped polysilicon layer over the node, the doped polysilicon layer reactable to form an electrically insulative layer;

an electrically insulative barrier second layer over the first layers the second layer comprising a composite of substantially discrete layers of electrically insulative material selected from the group consisting of Al2 O3, TiO2, SiO2 and AlN or mixtures thereof, one of the discrete insulative material layers restricting reaction of the first conductively doped polysilicon layer to an insulating material, and another of the discrete layers forming a diffusion barrier to out-diffusion of components of the first conductively doped polysilicon layer;

a third layer of elemental platinum over the second electrically insulative layer;

an insulating inorganic metal oxide capacitor dielectric layer over the elemental platinum third layer, the insulating metal oxide dielectric capacitor layer selected from the group consisting of titanates, zirconates, niobates, tantalates, nitrates, or mixtures thereof;

an electrically conductive fourth layer over the insulating inorganic metal oxide capacitor dielectric layer; and

an electrically conductive interconnect extending over the second layer and electrically interconnecting the first conductively doped polysilicon layer with the third layer of elemental platinum.



37. A capacitor as claimed in claim 36, wherein the electrically conductive interconnect comprises TiN.

38. A capacitor as claimed in claim 36, wherein the first second and third layers comprise a capacitor plate, and wherein the first, second and third layers have respective outermost peripheral sidewalls, at least one portion of the second layer sidewalls being received within the peripheral confines of both the first and third layer sidewalls; the electrically conductive interconnect being at least partially received within the peripheral confines of the first and third layer sidewalls over the second layer.

39. A capacitor as claimed in claim 36, wherein the first, second and third layers comprise a capacitor plate, and wherein the first, second and third layers have respective outermost peripheral sidewalls, the entirety of the second layer sidewalls being received within the peripheral confines of both the first and third layer sidewalls, the electrical interconnect being entirely received within the peripheral confines of the first and third layer sidewalls.

40. A capacitor comprising:

a node on a substrate;

a first conductively doped polysilicon layer over the node, the doped polysilicon layer reactable to form an electrically insulative layer;

an electrically insulative barrier second layer over the first layer, the second layer comprising a composite of substantially discrete layers of electrically insulative material selected from the group consisting of Al2 O3, TiO2, SiO2 and AlN or mixtures thereof, one of the discrete insulative material layers restricting reaction of the first conductively doped polysilicon layer to an insulating material, and another of the discrete layers forming a diffusion barrier to out-diffusion of components of the first conductively doped polysilicon layer;

a third layer of RuO2 over the second electrically insulative layer;

an insulating inorganic metal oxide capacitor dielectric layer over the RuO2 third layer, the insulating metal oxide capacitor dielectric layer selected from the group consisting of titanates, zirconates, niobates, tantalates, nitrates, or mixtures thereof;

an electrically conductive fourth layer over the insulating inorganic metal oxide capacitor dielectric layer; and

an electrically conductive interconnect extending over the second layer and electrically interconnecting the first conductively doped polysilicon layer with the third layer of RuO2.



41. A capacitor as claimed in claim 40, wherein the electrically conductive interconnect comprises TiN.

Description:

TECHNICAL FIELD

This invention relates generally to semiconductor processing methods of forming capacitors, and to capacitor constructions.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Insulating inorganic metal oxide materials, such as ferroelectric materials or perovskite material, have high dielectric constants and low leakage current which make them attractive as cell dielectric materials for high density DRAMs and non-volatile memories. Perovskite material and other ferroelectric materials exhibit a number of unique and interesting properties. One such property of a ferroelectric material is that it possesses a spontaneous polarization that can be reversed by an applied electric field. Specifically, these materials have a characteristic temperature, commonly referred to as the transition temperature, at which the material makes a structural phase change from a polar phase (ferroelectric) to a non-polar phase, typically called the paraelectric phase.

Despite the advantages of high dielectric constants and low leakage, insulating inorganic metal oxide materials suffer from many drawbacks. For example, all of these materials may incorporate oxygen or are otherwise exposed to oxygen for densification to produce the desired capacitor dielectric layer. Unfortunately, the provision of such layers or subjecting such layers to oxidation densification also undesirably oxidizes the underlying bottom or lower storage node plate, which is typically conductively doped polysilicon. The art accepted solution to this problem is to provide an intervening oxidation barrier layer between the underlying conductive polysilicon and overlying insulating inorganic metal oxide dielectric layer. This layer must accordingly be electrically conductive, as the underlying polysilicon must be in electrical connection with the insulating inorganic metal oxide dielectric layer.

Unfortunately, there are a limited number of oxidation barrier materials which are conductive. Elemental platinum (a conductive oxidation barrier) on polysilicon has been suggested as a composite layer or construction for a lower capacitor plate, but undergoes physical degradation with thermal cycling due to silicon diffusion through the platinum. Sputtered TiN and CVD TiN (other conductive barriers) have been known to fail due to diffusion along grain boundaries.

It would be desirable to overcome some of these prior art drawbacks in developing a method and capacitor construction which enables utilization of insulating inorganic metal oxide materials as capacitor dielectric layers.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Preferred embodiments of the invention are described below with reference to the following accompanying drawings.

FIG. 1 is a diagrammatic cross sectional view of a semiconductor wafer fragment at one processing step in accordance with the invention.

FIG. 2 is a view of the FIG. 1 wafer at a processing step subsequent to that shown by FIG. 1.

FIG. 3 is a view of the FIG. 1 wafer at a processing step subsequent to that shown by FIG. 2.

FIG. 4 is a view of the FIG. 1 wafer at a processing step subsequent to that shown by FIG. 3.

FIG. 5 is a view of the FIG. 1 wafer at a processing step subsequent to that shown by FIG. 4.

FIG. 6 is a view of the FIG. 1 wafer at a processing step subsequent to that shown by FIG. 5.

FIG. 7 is a view of the FIG. 1 wafer at a processing step subsequent to that shown by FIG. 6.

FIG. 8 is a view of the FIG. 1 wafer at a processing step subsequent to that shown by FIG. 7.

FIG. 9 is a diagrammatic cross sectional view of an alternate embodiment semiconductor wafer fragment at a processing step in accordance with the invention.

FIG. 10 is a view of the FIG. 9 wafer at a processing step subsequent to that shown by FIG. 9.

FIG. 11 is a view of the FIG. 9 wafer at a processing step subsequent to that shown by FIG. 10.

FIG. 12 is a view of the FIG. 9 wafer at a processing step subsequent to that shown by FIG. 11.

FIG. 13 is a view of the FIG. 9 wafer at a processing step subsequent to that shown by FIG. 12.

FIG. 14 is a view of the FIG. 9 wafer at a processing step subsequent to that shown by FIG. 13.

FIG. 15 is a view of the FIG. 9 wafer at a processing step is subsequent to that shown by FIG. 14.

FIG. 16 is a view of the FIG. 9 wafer at a processing step subsequent to that shown by FIG. 15.

FIG. 17 is a view of the FIG. 9 wafer at a processing step subsequent to that shown by FIG. 16.

FIG. 18 is a view of the FIG. 9 wafer at a processing step subsequent to that shown by FIG. 17.

FIG. 19 is a view of the FIG. 9 wafer at a processing step subsequent to that shown by FIG. 18.

FIG. 20 is a diagrammatic cross section of another alternate embodiment capacitor construction in accordance with the invention.

FIG. 21 is a diagrammatic cross section of yet another alternate embodiment capacitor construction in accordance with the invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

This disclosure of the invention is submitted in furtherance of the constitutional purposes of the U.S. Patent Laws "to promote the progress of science and useful arts" (Article 1, Section 8).

In accordance with one aspect of the invention, a method of forming a capacitor comprises the following steps:

providing a node to which electrical connection to a capacitor is to be made;

providing an electrically conductive first layer over the node;

providing an electrically insulative barrier second layer over the first conductive layer;

providing a third layer over the electrically insulative barrier layer, the third layer comprising a material which is either electrically conductive and resistant to oxidation, or forms an electrically conductive material upon oxidation;

providing an insulating inorganic metal oxide dielectric layer over the electrically conductive third layer;

providing an electrically conductive fourth layer over the insulating inorganic metal oxide dielectric layer; and

providing an electrically conductive interconnect to extend over the second insulative layer and electrically interconnect the first and third conductive layers.

In accordance with another aspect of the invention, a capacitor comprises:

a first capacitor plate;

a second capacitor plate;

an insulating inorganic metal oxide dielectric layer interposed between the first and second capacitor plates;

the first capacitor plate comprising a composite construction of at least three layers; the three layers comprising a first electrically conductive layer, a second electrically insulative layer adjacent the first layer, and a third electrically conductive layer adjacent the second layer and in electrical communication with the dielectric layer, the second insulative layer being sandwiched between the first and third conductive layers; and

an electrically conductive interconnect extending over the second insulative layer and electrically interconnecting the first and second conductive layers of the first capacitor plate.

More particularly and first with reference to FIG. 1, a semiconductor wafer fragment in process is indicated generally with reference numeral 10. Such comprises a bulk semiconductor silicon substrate 12 having an electrically conductive diffusion region 14 provided therein. Region 14 constitutes a node to which electrical connection to a capacitor is to be made. An insulating layer 16, typically borophosphosilicate glass (BPSG), overlies substrate 12 and includes a previously provided contact opening 18 over node 14. Contact opening 18 is filled with an electrically conductive first material 20 which electrically connects with node 14. Aspects of the invention are believed to have their greatest significance when component 20 comprises a material which is reactive to form an electrically insulative material (i.e., insulative oxides or insulative nitrides). An example and preferred material is conductively doped polysilicon which readily oxidizes to insulating SiO2. An etch stop layer 21 is provided atop insulating layer 16, with the composite structure being provided with an upper planarized surface as shown.

Referring to FIG. 2, an electrically insulative barrier second layer 22 is provided over first conductive layer 20. An example and preferred thickness for layer 22 is 1000 Angstroms. Example and preferred materials for layer 22 include Al2 O3, TiO2, Si3 N4, SiO2 and AlN, or mixtures thereof. Such layer will provide at least one or two barrier functions. Where material of electrically conductive component 20 comprises something which will react to form an electrically insulative material, barrier second layer 22 will be designed to serve the function of restricting such reaction at a later step in the process, as will be apparent subsequently. Alternately or in addition thereto, layer 22 serves the function of preventing out-diffusion of layer 20 components.

A third layer 24 is provided over electrically insulative barrier layer 22. An example and preferred thickness is 1000 Angstroms. Third layer 24 comprises a material which is either electrically conductive and resistant to oxidation (i.e., elemental platinum), or a material which forms an electrically conductive material upon oxidation (i.e., elemental Ru which upon oxidation is transformed to a conductive RuO2). Layers 20, 22, and 24 comprise components of a capacitor plate.

Referring to FIG. 3, an insulating inorganic metal oxide dielectric layer 26 is provided over electrically conductive third layer 24. Example insulating inorganic metal oxide materials usable in accordance with the invention include ferroelectrics or other perovskite materials, or other materials, such as titanates, zirconates, niobates, tantalates and nitrates, such as those shown below.

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Barium Titanate BaTiO3 Barium Strontium Titanate (Ba,Sr)TiO3 Barium Lead Titanate (Ba,Pb)TiO3 Lead Titanate PbTiO3 Lead Zirconate PbZnO3 Lead Zirconate Titanate Pb(Zn,Ti)O3 Lead Lanthinum Titanate (Pb,La)TiO3 Lead Lanthinum Zirconate (Pb,La)(Zn,Ti)O3 Titanate Strontium Titanate SrTiO3 Potassium Nitrate KNO3 Lithium Niobate LiNbO3 Lithium Tantalate LiTaO3 Lead Magnesium Niobate Pb(Mg,Nb)O3 (Mixed phases) Pb(Mg,Nb)O3 :PbTiO3 Bismuth Titanate Bi4 Ti3 O12
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Deposition of such materials typically involves chemical vapor deposition involving oxygen which would lead to oxidation of electrically conductive first layer 20 were oxidation barrier layer 22 not present. Further even after deposition of such materials, densification of such layers typically occurs to complete the provision of the desired material. Such typically occurs in an oxygen rich atmosphere at elevated temperatures, which also would oxidize the preferred polysilicon material of layer 20 were layer 22 not present. Accordingly in such instance, barrier second layer 22 restricts oxidation of first electrically conductive layer 20 during provision of insulating inorganic metal oxide dielectric layer 26. Barrier layer 22 also prevents interaction of layer 24 with layer 20.

An electrically conductive fourth layer 28 is provided over insulating inorganic metal oxide dielectric layer 26, with 1000 Angstroms being an example preferred thickness. A preferred material for layer 28 is Pt, Ru or RuOx.

Referring to FIG. 4, layers 28, 26 and 24 are patterned and etched selectively relative to barrier layer 22 to effectively define the outline of a desired capacitor shape. Layer 28 effectively comprises a second capacitor plate, while layers 24, 22 and 20 comprise first capacitor plate components. At this point in the process, however, polysilicon layer 20 is electrically isolated from layer 24 by insulating barrier layer 22.

Referring to FIG. 5, a layer of SiO2 is deposited and anisotropically etched to produce oxide spacers 30. Such spacers protect dielectric layer 26 from a conductive layer deposition described below.

Referring to FIG. 6, an isotropic undercut etching of oxidation barrier layer 22 is conducted selectively relative to polysilicon, nitride and the material of layer 24 to expose first and third layers 20 and 24, respectively. An example etch chemistry would be hot sulfuric acid to etch a TiO2 layer, or ammonium hydroxide to etch an Al2 O3 layer. For purposes which will be apparent from the continuing discussion, first layer 20 comprises outermost peripheral sidewalls 32; oxidation barrier second layer 22 comprises outermost peripheral sidewalls 34; and third layer 24 comprises outermost peripheral sidewalls 36. As shown, second layer sidewalls 34 are received entirely within the peripheral confines of both the first and third layer sidewalls 32 and 36, respectively.

Referring to FIG. 7, a highly conformal electrically conductive layer 38 is chemical vapor deposited over the wafer to fill the void beneath layer 24 and spacers 30. Thus, electrically conductive layer 38 is conformally deposited over exposed first layer 20 and exposed third layer 24. Example and preferred materials are TiN and W. By way of example only, W can be chemical vapor deposited using WF6 and H2 as precursors at 450° C. and 80 Torr. TiN can be deposited using either TiCl4 and NH3, or tetrakisdimethylamido titanium, as precursors. Layer 38 is then etched (wet etch using a 1:1 mix of NH4 OH and H2 O2 for either TiN or W) to produce a surrounding electrically conductive interconnect 40 which extends around second insulative oxidation barrier layer 22 and electrically interconnects first conductive layer 20 and third conductive layer 24. Accordingly, electrically interconnecting link 40 is at least partially received within the peripheral confines of first sidewalls 32 and third sidewalls 36 (FIG. 6). In the described and preferred sequence, the final patterning to produce interconnect 40 occurs last in the above stated steps.

One example alternate and integrated sequence of processing steps are shown and described with reference to FIGS. 9-19 in fabrication of a bit line over stacked capacitor DRAM construction. Like numerals is are utilized from the previous embodiment where appropriate, with differences being indicated with the suffix "a" or different numerals.

Referring first to FIG. 9, wafer fragment 10a comprises bulk substrate 12 having diffusion regions 14, 15, 17, 19, and field oxide regions 42 provided therein. A series of word lines 43, 44, 45, 46, 47 and 48 are provided. An insulating layer 16a is also provided, and has contacts 18, 61 and 63 provided therethrough. Such are filled by a first conductive polysilicon layer 20a.

Referring to FIG. 10, oxidation barrier layer 22 and third conductive layer 24 are provided.

Referring to FIG. 11, layers 24, 22, and 20a are patterned as shown to provide the indicated outlines of first capacitor plates 25, 27 and 29.

Referring to FIG. 12, insulating inorganic metal oxide dielectric layer 26 and third conductive layer 28 are provided. Where for example layer 22 comprises SiO2, which provides an inherent diffusion barrier function but not an inherent antioxidation function, layer 22 might grow to the FIG. 12 illustrated size 22a. In such instance, the thickness of original layer 22, more so than its composition, provides the predominant barrier function to undesired reaction of layer 20a.

Referring to FIG. 13, layers 26 and 28 are patterned and etched over what will be a bit contact node 15.

Referring to FIG. 14, oxidation barrier layer 22 is undercut etched selectively relative to first conductive layer 20 and conductive third layer 24 to outwardly expose such layers.

Referring to FIG. 15, a conformal layer 38a of TiN or another conductive material is chemical vapor deposited atop the substrate to completely fill the voids created by the undercut etching.

Referring to FIG. 16, layer 38a is wet or dry etched to produce the illustrated electrically conductive interconnects 40a which extend around second insulative layer 22 and electrically interconnect the first layer 20 and the third layer 24 of the respective capacitors. Note that in accordance with this described embodiment, electrical interconnecting link 40a is received entirely within the peripheral confines of the outer sidewalls of layers 20a and 24.

Referring to FIG. 17, an insulative layer 50 is deposited to protect the edge of dielectric layer 26.

Referring to FIG. 18, a layer 52 of borophosphosilicate glass is deposited and planarized.

Referring to FIG. 19, a contact opening 54 is provided therein and etched to outwardly expose bit node 15. Subsequently, contact 54 is filled with a conductive plug filling material 56, such as tungsten. Thereafter, a conductive layer would be provided atop plug 56 and BPSG layer 52 and patterned into desired bit lines.

The above described method provides the advantage of utilizing good barrier layers which are electrically insulative, as opposed to the prior art's essential use of conductive barrier layers which limits choices.

Another alternate embodiment is shown in FIG. 20. Like numerals are utilized from the first described embodiment where appropriate, with differences being indicated with the suffix "b" or different numerals. The FIG. 20 embodiment 10b is analogous to that shown in FIG. 8. The difference is that barrier second layer 22b comprises discrete electrically insulative layers 23 and 31 of different materials. This design might be desired where both reaction and diffusion barrier properties are desired for layer 22, and using separate layers for the separate functions.

Yet another alternate embodiment is shown in FIG. 21. Like numerals are utilized from the first described embodiment where appropriate, with differences being indicated with the suffix "c" or different numerals. Construction 10c places a portion of first layer 20c above layer 21 such that outer sidewalls thereof can be exposed outwardly of layer 21. Accordingly, undercut etching of layer 22 is not conducted for the purpose of exposing layers 20c and 24c for electrical interconnect. An insulating cap 78 and spacers 80 are provided as shown relative to the upper capacitor plate 28c and dielectric layer 26c. Thereafter, an electrically conductive layer, such as TiN, is deposited and anisotropically etched to produce conductive interconnecting links 40c with join layers 24c and 20c.

In compliance with the statute, the invention has been described in language more or less specific as to structural and methodical features. It is to be understood, however, that the invention is not limited to the specific features shown and described, since the means herein disclosed comprise preferred forms of putting the invention into effect. The invention is, therefore, claimed in any of its forms or modifications within the proper scope of the appended claims appropriately interpreted in accordance with the doctrine of equivalents.